Not many had backed Rajasthan Royals to score big against Chennai Super Kings in the absence of two of their biggest names – Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. However, the inaugural winners of the competition proved everyone wrong by posting a gigantic total of 216 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs.
Sanju Samson and Steve Smith laid the foundation for the huge total by scoring fifties before surprise package Jofra Archer finished the innings in style by slamming four sixes in a row in the final over.
The Royals started on a shaky note as they lost debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal cheaply and managed to score 26 runs in the first four overs. However, Samson soon turned things around for Royals by taking CSK bowlers to the cleaners. He scored a 19-ball fifty and went on to slam 74 runs off just 32 balls with the help of nine sixes and a four.
Steve Smith, on the other hand, played the role of the second fiddle early on before switching gears. He eventually scored 69 off 47 balls with the help of four fours and as many sixes.
The Jofra Archer show:
Despite the strong display from Samson and Smith, it looked like Royals would fail to touch the 200-run mark once they were reduced to 178 for 7 in the 19th over. However, Jofra Archer left CSK stunned by launching a stunning counterassault in the final over bowled by Lungi Ngidi.
He hit the first four balls of the over for sixes and to CSK’s horror, the third and fourth sixes came on no-balls. But fortunately for the Chennai-based outfit, the England star could not hit any more sixes in the over as Ngidi conceded 30 runs after conceding 26 runs on the first two deliveries.